Centers

(1) Name-A-Saurus

  • A bulletin board will describe each step of this writing project for the students to complete before the opening of the museum.
  • First, the students will make their name into a dinosaur name by using prefixes and/or suffixes provided (meaning of the prefixes and suffixes should be available).
  • Next, the students will determine the meaning of their new dinosaur name and write a poem about it (a sample poem should be provided).
  • Then, the students must have their poem edited by the teacher before writing the final draft.
  • The final draft is to be written on a special sheet that will be folded and cracked egg shape will be placed as its cover.
  • On the cover, the top part of the cracked egg the students will write their dinosaur name and the bottom part they will draw a picture of their dinosaur.
  • All completed eggs can be hung in a nest on another bulletin board.

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(2) Shape-O-Saurus

  • A bulletin board will give the directions for this mathematics project for the students to complete before the opening of the museum.
  • Students will use geometric shapes and paste them on construction paper to create a dinosaur.
  • Each of the geometric shapes will have a number value (provided by the teacher) so that the students can find the value of their dinosaur.
  • Finished projects can be displayed on the bulletin board.

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(3) USA Fossil Find

  • A bulletin board will give the directions for this social studies activity for the students to complete before the opening of the museum.
  • On the bulletin board there should be a map of the United States and a chart labeling dinosaurs and the states that their fossils were found.
  • Students may work in pairs to use the chart and find the states where certain dinosaurs were found.

Materials/Resources:

  • Arithmetic Teacher, September 1990.

(4) Archeological Dig

  • A sand table will be provided for this hands-on science activity for the students to complete before the opening of the museum.
  • Students will use shovels and paint brushes to dig up the 5 different types of fossils (that they made).
  • Students should dig up the fossils the way they learned in the chocolate chip cookie lesson.

(5) Listening Center

  • Books on tape will be provided for this reading activity for the students to complete before the opening of the museum.
  • Students will listen to a tape, follow along in the book, and answer questions on a worksheet describing the content of the story and giving it a recommendation.

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